Billy carts race for good cause

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WITH top speeds of 48kmh, more than 100 races and “some of the best home bak­ing you’ve ever seen”, the Bal­lan­dean Billy Cart Bash was a day of high-per­for­mance fun and friendly com­pe­ti­tion.

Bal­lan­dean State School P&C pres­i­dent Aaron Cox said the weather had been fab­u­lous and there were close to 50 en­tries tak­ing part in the school’s pop­u­lar an­nual fundraiser last week­end.

The fi­nal fundrais­ing tally had not been com­pleted, but Mr Cox said the event was a big suc­cess, with just a few “scary mo­ments” dur­ing the prac­tice runs at the start of the day.

Mr Cox said act­ing Bal­lan­dean State School prin­ci­pal, Sue Evans, was a sur­prise cham­pion, com­pet­ing in one of the Haynes Rac­ing Carts and­tak­ing home a tro­phy and V8 Su­per­car driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at the Holden Per­for­mance Driv­ing Cen­tre at Nor­well.

“She’d never done it be­fore and she was very scared when she was sit­ting on the top of the hill for the first time, and then we couldn’t keep her out of it af­ter that. “The adult races are gen­er­ally good value, be­cause they’re fast and a bit com­pet­i­tive.

“It comes down to driv­ing prac­tice and know­ing what to do when it swerves..”

Mr Cox said tips for win­ning in­cluded get­ting a good billy cart and putting fear to the side.

He said that be­cause “heav­ier” was bet­ter when rac­ing, “It’s re­ally one of those sports where it ac­tu­ally pays to have eaten too many dough­nuts the day be­fore.”

Mr Cox, who praised all billy carts for be­ing “beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated”, said the main high­light had been “just see­ing all the kids hav­ing a great time”.

He said he was very thank­ful to all event spon­sors, or­gan­is­ers and the com­mu­nity for its sup­port.

■ Billy cart so­cial pics in Thurs­day’s pa­per.

PHOTO: SA­MAN­THA WANTLING

FULL SPEED: Ev­ery­one en­joyed the Bal­lan­dean Billy Cart Bash on Sun­day.

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